The adventure film festival ShAFF kicks off on Friday 1st May and features a feast of climbing and mountaineering films over the weekend. Nick Bullock will be opening the 2013 event with a talk and signing copies of his book, Echoes. In the film version of Echoes, Nick also discusses escaping his life as a prison officer in a high security jail, for life as a professional mountaineer.
In A New Perspective David Lama, Peter Ortner and Corey Rich climb the 6,251m Nameless Tower in Pakistan, also known as Trango Tower, part of the Karakoram mountain range. The footage was partly shot with remote-controlled helicopter cameras using drone technology more usually associated with US spy planes than climbing expeditions. In the haunting short Repentance, Remission, Steve House attempts two of New England’s proudest winter test pieces – Repentance and Remission – two of the most difficult, classic ice-climb routes.
Climbing-wise there’s Wideboyz featuring the world of offwidth crack climbing with Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, who complete a brutal two-year training regime (mostly spent hanging upside down in their Sheffield basement) before embarking on a tour of the USA and a first ascent of the world’s hardest off-width – Century Crack and in Dave, Scottish climber Dave McLeod reflects on lessons learned during a career built on making first ascents of the hardest possible routes.
The films are grouped in sessions of three and each session requires a separate ticket, with most sessions repeated so you need not miss anything. Patron Andy Kirkpatrick and a host of celebrated local climbers will also be there to support the festival and there will also be the chance to speak to adventure film makers who will be presenting their films.